Fans are encouraged to cheer the team on before they depart for Seattle.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -The University of South Carolina will hold a special send-off celebration for the women's basketball team as they get ready to play in the NCAA tournament.

The event will take place at 5 p.m. Friday at the Elephant Room entrance of the Carolina Coliseum on Park Street. The send-off will include Cocky, cheerleaders, and the USC band.

USC is a number one seed in the tournament, and plays their opening game Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Seattle, Washington when they'll take on Cal-State Northridge.

News19's James Starks will be following the team to Seattle, and you can look forward to his reports here on WLTX.com and on News19. You can also get his updates by following him on his Twitter account, @JamesStarksWLTX

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